If I didn't see it myself I may not believe it. She climbed up onto our red couch in the playroom today and pulled to a stand through the peek-a-boo window. She climbed down and cruised along the couch and then the train table. She could NOT be stopped. She cruised along our bed and even did the leap between furniture... Go Cecily! She is such a little monkey and as of tonight she is cruising around everything!
I am so proud of our little angel. She is so determined. She is such a hard-worker. Her face is sweet and angelic but most of all determined. If you can see her face when she is trying to find her footing and press up to a stand you know she is committed and invested in her task at hand. She inspires me every day. Anyone who sees her can see the drive! Brien and I have lumped Cecily's life into phases in our head. She is still timeless to us so months and dates have less importance. We don't let ourselves worry about where she is on the milestone chart. We only focus on where she is going.
Cecily is embarking on her third awakening. For her first year of life Cecily was not present. She could look at you but it was as if she was looking through you. It was hard to always remember to parent, and coo, and smile, and sing when there was no response... but we kept pushing with the support from family, friends, therapists and her amazing medical team. There were some very hard days but she started to awaken afer her feeding tubes got sorted out (multiple surgeries later...). With each awakening we would see Cecily lunge forward. Each one is like a rebirth and a new shade of Cecily's personality emerges. She is quite a little monkey and we LOVE it! It takes cognition and spirit and spunk to do what she is doing... She is giving love to not just Mommy but everyone. She is doling out smiles and giggling when she sees funny stuff. She is responding and engaging. She is babbling and talking. She is stringing two words together and she is shouting, shrieking and responding to questions with gestures that let us know if she wants something or not. She has opinions and she is sharing them... She knows what she wants and she goes for it!
We are so excited! It is hard to express how much joy we feel right now. We honestly didn't know if this day would come. But we didn't allow ourselves to worry about it, either. Now that this day is here we are celebrating as a family. We are soaking up the smiles and laughter and loving the cuddles and snuggles.
We will never give up our fight to enable Cecily on her journey. We always tells the kiddos they CAN do it! We believe. We are so grateful to the wonderful people who have worked so hard to get Cecily where she is today. She is cruising... What will tomorrow bring? Pure joy.
Onwards and upwards!